Carmageddon Needs YOU!

Carmageddon was a Windows PC game released in the nineties, with sales of over 2 million copies, and it faced criticism for being overly violent. Now Stainless Games have acquired the rights to remake it, and rather than give away part of those rights in exchange for funding from the game industry, they are turning to fans to help get the game off the ground.

Using Kickstarter as a platform for raising funds for the project, they are asking for donations of various amounts in exchange for certain perks. The UK-based developers are looking for $400,000 by the 6th June (and if this goal is not reached, no one parts with their money at all), with options ranging from a $1 pledge that will get you a mention on the website, all the way up to the $10,000 pledges that will get a character based on your likeness or the chance to design one of the levels. More likely to attract the interest of the average Joe is the $15 pledge, for which you will acquire a digital copy of the game when it is released.

Having seen various game projects succeeding in raising funds on Kickstarter, Stainless Games co-founder Neil Barnden called it “a case of, ‘well, why the hell wouldn’t you do it this way?’”. They are already at over $150,000 at the time of writing, with more than 4000 individual pledges made. It looks almost a dead cert that they will be able to reach their goal by the deadline – if it carries on at this rate, they might even find themselves going a considerable amount over that goal.

Five of the original game’s developers are on board with this new version, so if you played the last one and enjoyed it, you might want to swing on over to Kickstarter… who knows, if your wallet is feeling full you may even have the chance to see your own face in the game next February.

Published 12th May 2012 by Daniel Crocker.